October is National Theological Libraries Month!

And so, I thought it might also be an opportunity for you, dear reader, to learn more about the James L. Stamps Theological Library and your Theological Librarians, Michelle Spomer and myself (Liz Leahy); and all of the terrific people who serve our APU community in Stamps. Throughout the next three weeks (I’m running a little behind due to work travels) I’ll be highlighting information about the Stamps Library and about the profession of theological librarianship.

The James L. Stamps Theological Library was dedicated in May 2003 when we celebrated as a campus the opening of the Duke Academic Complex. The Stamps Theological Library continued the work begun initially in developing theological collections by Dr. Everett Richey in 1992 and then by me since 1994. Michelle Spomer has joined me in working on developing our collections since 2006 as well.

The Stamps Theological Library houses the theological collections used by the university – with holdings in Philosophy, Ethics, World Religions, Judaica, Church History, Biblical Studies, Systematic and Practical Theology, Denominational materials, Missiology, Spiritual Formation, Ancient Near Eastern languages and culture, and Pastoral Care and Counseling. It also has special collections related to the Wesleyan Holiness denominations that have ties to the University (Church of God – Anderson, Free Methodist, Friends, Holiness, and Salvation Army). As I checked our holdings this fall, collections include books from (or about) ministry or theology in 105 countries, and in 12 languages (other than English). We also have small theological collections at the Los Angeles campus in Korean and English (about 7,500 titles) and at the San Diego campus (about 5,000 titles).

The Stamps Theological Library supports the work of research and inquiry in all disciplines on campus that engage in an active dialogue of our faith traditions and integration. You are just as likely to see a student in a Bible class, a grad nursing student, an artist or a local pastor. Come and explore our collections and meet the Stamps Theological Library team!

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